June 2022

Welcome to the June edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.


It’s all hands on deck when undertaking a self-build or renovation project. Whether you’re a DIY builder or reaching out to several specialist contractors, it certainly pays to have the right tools and, when taking on such a large-scale project that usually sets home improvers back thousands of pounds, it’s essential to get things right, and striving for a professional finish is typically at the top of everyone’s wish list.

In this month’s issue, we’ve talked to two experts about choosing the right tools for your project and different approaches to ordering all-important equipment. Firstly, on page 10, Steve Davidson, Marketing Manager at U-PRO, explains why purchasing tools online is a wise choice. Here, he describes the advantages of buying supplies via the web and runs through the benefits online merchants can provide. Meanwhile, Laura Green, Commercial Trading Manager LBM at Gibbs & Dandy, offers essential advice on the top 10 tools every self-builder should have in their arsenal. Turn to page 30 for more.

Last month at one of the nation’s leading dog shows, Goodwoof, the self-build community’s very own protagonist, Kevin McCloud, was called in to judge a series of architect-designed dog kennels in a celebration of ‘barkitecture’. Of course, we had to explore the trend in this month’s edition. Turn to page 08 for some seriously-stylish accessories for your four-legged friends.

Elsewhere in this issue, we explore three jaw-droppingly-beautiful architect-designed homes, uncover the vast benefits of opting for luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) and discover why you should consider insulated concrete formwork (ICF) as a building material for your self-build.


Rebecca Kemp